Make This Year Different

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It’s that time of year: We are bound and determined to make a change in our lives this year. We’ve chosen our New Year’s Resolutions or chosen our One Word.  We’ve joined the local gym, stocked our fridges with fruits and veggies, and filled our water jugs.  We sync our Fitbits as we sit down to go over the budget and make out next week’s meal plan. Yes! This year is going to be different. This is the year to get fit, get organized, eat healthy, and save money.


Yet, by February, most of us will have binged on chips and Netflix while skipping the gym to snuggle up when the temperatures fall below zero.  Many of us will have ditched that water bottle for a Cherry Vanilla Pepsi because, well, caffeine.  Oh, and let’s not forget about that great Vi Bella sale (you can never pass up a 70% off sale when you are buying great jewelry and providing jobs and an opportunity to know Christ to those living in impoverished countries). Yes, by February, most of us will have long forgotten those resolutions and words. Yep. There goes that lasting change we were aiming for.

Regardless of failing to keep our New Year’s Resolutions, we can still make a lasting change.  This year can still be different.


Recently, my husband asked the children during church, “How can these big people grow closer to God this next year?” Their responses: Pray. Give thanks.  Read their bibles. Listen.  Put their phones down.  Don’t sleep in church. Clearly out of the mouths of babes!  But you know what?  That lasting change we are looking for…..well, that’s how we get it.  We must grow in our relationship with Christ, grow closer to Him.  He created us for relationship, a relationship with Him and for all our relationships to be rooted in Him.


So, how do we get there?


Listen to what Paul says, “You, see, everything written in the days of old was recorded to give us instructions for living. We find encouragement through the Scriptures and a call to perseverance that will produce hopeful living.” Romans 15:4 The Voice


Everything we need is found in Scripture.  Scripture will change us.  Scripture will give us instructions for living, hopeful living.


Need encouragement? Read the Scriptures.

Need to persevere through difficulty?  Read the Scriptures.

Need wisdom?  Read the Scriptures.

Need hope?  Read the Scriptures.


As I read my morning devotional, I was reminded of the importance of not being driven by instinct and emotions.  I must be driven by the Spirit if I wish to succeed.  I encourage you, Sister, to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Whether you are making resolutions or choosing that one word to live by this year, make sure you are prayerfully seeking God’s will in those things.  Sure, it feels great to finally wear those jeans, but being healthy enough to serve Christ effectively is so much better. The way to live, to truly live is to live fully, wholy in the Lord.


My prayer for all of us this new year is this…..

Dear Lord,

You are awesome and holy. You are so good, merciful, and mighty. Lord, you love us much, and we are so undeserving.  But Lord, thank you.  Thank you for wanting to be near to us. Thank you for pursuing us. And Lord, I ask this of you: touch our hearts, Father. Send your Spirit to give us that gentle reminder that your plans are greater than ours and we should seek You and not our selfish desires. Please align our changing goals and attitudes to your steady and unfailing will.  Lord, please up us to be accepting of the path you have laid before us.  Amen.

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